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noun form pronunciation in American English /fɔrm/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a type of something
    form of: The private automobile is by far the most popular form of transportation.
    He developed a rare form of cancer.
    Everyone agrees that the kids must receive some form of punishment.
  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] the particular way in which something appears or exists
    The information is also available in electronic form.
    in the form of: You can get the medicine in the form of a nasal spray or as a tablet.
    Help arrived in the form of six heavily armed police officers.
    take the form of: The aid might take the form of food or medical supplies.
    Neglect of children can take a variety of forms.
  3. 3
    [countable] a shape of someone or something
    Three forms gradually emerged out of the darkness.
    She stared at the lifeless form on the driveway.
  4. 4
    [uncountable] the level of someones ability at a particular time, especially in a sport
    She blamed a foot injury for her recent loss of form.
    The band’s new CD marks a welcome return to form (=to a previous high standard).
    in (good etc.) form: She is hoping to be in top form in time for the Olympics.
    1. a.
      British the state of someones mood and health at a particular time
      in good/bad etc. form: I saw Sam last night – he was in great form.
  5. 5
    [countable] an official document that has spaces where you can put in information
    Use the order form to get new office supplies.
    fill in/out a form: Make sure you fill in the application form completely and legibly.
  6. 6
    [uncountable] the structure of a piece of writing or music or a painting
    The form of the novel is complex, with numerous flashbacks.
  7. 7
    [countable] linguistics one part of a verb or other word that has several different parts
    nouns like “child” that have irregular plural forms
    It’s important to learn all the forms of a verb.



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